x

Society

UN expert condemns church access limits in Cyprus’ north

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations cultural rights expert has condemned an attempt by Turkish Cypriot authorities to limit access to churches in the breakaway north of ethnically split Cyprus.

Karima Bennoune said Thursday at the end of a weeklong fact finding trip to the ethnically divided island that she welcomes assurances that the newly-introduced curbs have been lifted.

But she said much remains unclear about how often services can be held at churches in the north and urged Turkish Cypriot authorities to clear up any “unhelpful” confusion.

Turkish Cypriot authorities said last week that church services in the north would be limited to once a year except for three “very important” churches.

Bennoune said she was told by Turkish Cypriot authorities that they believed some services were being held for “political purposes.”

RELATED

NICOSIA - The early chill is settling over northern Europe and Scandinavia, Americans have turned to watching leaves turn colors and readying for apple picking in autumn, but it's still summer on Cyprus and the tourists love it.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Crowds Flock to Funeral of Alison Russo-Elling, Victim of Greek-American Assailant

BROOKVILLE – With honors befitting an FDNY EMS lieutenant who fell in the line of duty, Alison Russo-Elling was buried today.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.